What is this article about?
Compression stockings are used to treat and prevent a variety of conditions, including varicose veins, lymphoedema and deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Compression stockings work by squeezing the veins and muscles in the leg. The compression is firmest at the ankles and gradually reduces higher up the leg. This helps to improve blood circulation in the legs and reduce swelling by preventing fluid from accumulating in the ankles. When not properly applied and cared for, compression stockings may cause complications such as impaired skin integrity and pressure injuries in vulnerable clients. However, with appropriate care and monitoring, these complications are preventable.